CHICAGO - Naperville North junior Adam Beaty sat in the back of a classroom with a group of friends giving him a pep talk. A teacher who knew Beaty before he transitioned to male stood at the front of the room.
I grew up working on my family's farm. We ran a diversified operation with a working dairy, beef cattle and also crops. Saying it kept us busy is an understatement. When I graduated from high school, I attended Kansas State University, where I majored in Agribusiness with plans to someday get into marketing. After my junior year, I traveled to Racine, Wisconsin for a summer internship. The position was in high horsepower tractors, which was right up my alley considering my degree and my background.
NEW YORK - The 112th annual North American International Toy Fair at the Javits Center offered something for every kind of kid - a Girl Scouts cookie oven for foodies, plush dolls from Disney-Pixar's "Inside Out" for movie buffs and a 4-foot tall, walking, talking robot for science geeks.
The story of King Arthur and his knights is a familiar story in popular culture, although its legitimacy is often debated. But what if King Arthur and his Knights were real and their influence carried on throughout the ages? "The Order: 1886" takes this as its inspiration, as the legendary figures continue to be protectors of the realm. This story is told in an extremely unique and stylish way, and regardless of its length, is easily one of my favorite games to be released this year.
If your family is one of the millions that have been affected by the recent Polar Vortex-induced weather craziness and you're spending more time inside than usual, we've got some great ideas for fun, imaginative, affordable indoor play.
The great thing about working out is that you can always find an excuse not to. I'm not saying I look for one. It just naturally presents itself. Be it the schedule, money, parking, trainers, or it's just too hard, it's always something.
Toddlers and preschoolers seem to have endless amounts of energy. Tapping into their energy level can be fun and rewarding for parents and kids. Kids like to create things and see the results of their labors. If you have both a toddler and a preschooler, we have some fun ideas to keep them both busy. Below you will find five simple activities to help channel your kids' energy in positive ways:
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food that's appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious dessert. I found the recipe in "Ella's Kitchen: The Big Baking Book" (Hamlyn; $19.99).
In 2004, life was "busy" to say the least. I was married, 29 years old with a three-year-old and an infant, eight years into my career with TEKsystems, the same company I joined after graduating college, and one year into a new role. I was achieving some of my major career and life goals and felt like I was pushing full steam ahead. On top of everything going on in my own world, my husband had just been given a phenomenal career opportunity ï¿½ on the opposite side of the country. With young children and my own blossoming career, we had a huge decision to make: Do we move to the west coast when all our family is on the east? And, if we do, what role do I take in our family? I didn't even ask myself about what role I would take in my company because I didn't think staying with TEKsystems was even an option.
Q: My 13-year-old son has developed overwhelming anxiety about going to school. This began a year ago, but has gotten steadily worse since then. At this point, he fights me every morning about going to school, and even if I can persuade him to get in the car, he won't get out. If I try to force him, he becomes nearly hysterical. I'm a stay-at-home mom, so there have been many days this year when I've simply taken him back home. His principal and everyone at the school say he's fine once he's in the building. He's a straight-A student and doesn't have any social issues. When I ask him to explain his fears, he just says he feels scared but can't identify why. The principal says he should see a therapist. What do you think?
Dear Mr. Dad: My father died when he was 48. He was a great dad, affectionate, playful, and a fine role model. And he had life insurance, so the family was provided for. But when my brother and sister and I were going through his stuff after the funeral, we realized that we barely knew him. He was always interested in our lives, but almost never told us anything about his own - the things he did as a kid, what he liked, or anything. I'm 47 now - just a year younger than my dad's age when he died - and I'm very involved in my children's life. But I don't want to make the same mistake my father did. How can I be sure my kids will know me after I'm gone?